Ex-ANC man cries foul over by-election

2013-04-19 00:00

A FORMER ANC councillor claims the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has denied him an opportunity to contest a by-election to be held in the Abaqulisi Municipality (Vryheid) next Wednesday.

André Lotter, who resigned from the ANC in January, also claimed that political parties had bused people from outside the ward to register for the by-election.

His claims were dismissed by the IEC, ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party.

Lotter said an IEC official refused to accept his nomination form on April 3, the cut-off date, because he had cash instead of a bank-guaranteed cheque.

He said he returned two days later — within the IEC deadline for outstanding documents to be submitted — but the official insisted that it was too late for him to register.

Lotter also claimed that the IEC had allowed more than 2 400 people to register in the ward although they did not live there. He said he intended taking the IEC to the Electoral Court to have the by-election interdicted and voter registration probed.

IEC senior manager Granville Abrahams said the IEC had correctly refused to accept Lotter’s nomination form when he did not have the deposit.

“Payment of the deposit is unfortunately not one of the matters that may be followed up after the cut-off date.”

Abrahams said the IEC was investigating the voter registration allegation.

ANC regional chairperson Nomagugu Simelane said: “We never … bused people. It is illegal to do so.”

IFP Abaqulusi constituency spokesman Jerry Sibiya said: “[Busing] is not in our policy. We deny that we were involved.”

NFP organiser Bonga Nzuza said his party had received information about voter registration irregularities involving “two parties” after the IEC deadline to lodge objections.

Four parties will contest the by-election.

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